“…a church that holds on to a rich past, while constantly changing and growing for the future.”
On May 26, 1804, in lower Spartanburg County, New Hope Baptist Church constituted a church under the name “head of Cedar Shoal.” It was named for the creek that flowed nearby, and the first meetings were held in an arbor in the woods near the creek. The Reverend Spencer Bobo served as the first pastor, from 1804-1816. In his will, Rev. Bobo left all of his personal estate to Cedar Shoals and New Hope Churches and their successors. His wish was that all of his personal assets would be used to feed the hungry, supply the needs of poor ministers, teach poor children, or for any other use the churches deemed charitable for the furtherance of the Gospel.
On July 23, 1904 Cedar Shoals celebrated 100 of years of this tradition with a Song and Praise Service. A presentation entitled “The Necessity of Preserving Church History” was given by Rev. E. C. Watson.
On May 23, 2004 Cedar Shoals celebrated 200 years of this same tradition. A week-long celebration ended with a special service. The message by Pastor Ryan Goodroe, “A Rich History: Past, Present, and Future,” encouraged the congregation to celebrate our past, anticipate our future, and participate with God as He creates our present.
Under the leadership of Pastor Stephen Cannon, Cedar Shoals began and completed construction of a long dreamed-about Family Life Center that, according to financial analysts from the Southern Baptist Convention, was beyond the means of the church. Cedar Shoals celebrated God’s faithfulness and blessing with a Mortgage Burning Ceremony during Homecoming of 2013, as the “impossible” building was paid off in less than 20 months instead of the 20 years first anticipated. The building that God provided is being used to bless the community through outreach events and a contemporary worship service. Pastor Stephen developed relationships that led to the “Great Start Woodruff” event, community outreach through the Enoree Community Center, and mission trips to West Virginia and Nicaragua.
Presently, under the leadership of Pastor Philip Long, who began his ministry in May of 2015, Cedar Shoals continues to fulfill the wishes of Rev. Bobo in regards to the mission of the church. In a few short months, the church has reached out to the community through a Mega Sports Camp in the Enoree community and through “Great Start Woodruff” by supplying book bags for 500 children in Spartanburg School District 4. The church also sent a team to Nicaragua for the fifth year to minister to the poor and to help spread the Gospel. There is great excitement as we celebrate our past, anticipate our future, and participate with God as He creates our present under Pastor Philip’s leadership.
For more information about the history of Cedar Shoals, contact Tracy Mackall at firstname.lastname@example.org